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Gamble-Skogmo, Inc.; Minneapolis, MN

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Name: Gamble-Skogmo, Inc.; Minneapolis, MN    (USA)  
Brand:
Coronado
Abbreviation: gamble-sko
Products: Model types
Summary:

Gamble-Skogmo, Inc.
700 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, Minnesota

Brand: Coronado

Coronado-branded tubes can be found under Coronado (tubes).

Not to be confused with Coronado Mfg. Co. of Saint Paul.

Also listed as "Coronado, Minneapolis, Minn., and Los Angeles, Calif." - referring to Gamble-Skogmo and Western Auto Supply Co. respectively, as models have been marketed by both companies under the brand Coronado.

Gamble Stores, Inc. is either a sister or a daughter company (we believe). Radios have appeared in Rider manuals with a date as early as April 1935 but production may have started a few years earlier.

Some models made between 1947 and 1953 have the production season in reverse order preceding the RA model number.

Founded: 1925
Closed: 1982
Production: 1935 -
History:

Reference: University of Minnesota School of Social Work web site. Bertin Gamble and Philip Skogmo were boyhood friends in Arthur, North Dakota (40 miles northwest of Fargo). They were born at the end of the 19th century and grew up together in Arthur. As young men they each came separately to Minnesota and worked in a variety of jobs. In 1920, they pooled their resources, borrowed some money and bought an auto dealership in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Soon they discovered that the sale of auto parts and accessories was the most profitable part of their car dealership. So, in March 1925, they opened the first Gamble Auto Supply store in St. Cloud. By 1928, they had 55 stores, moved their headquarters to Minneapolis, and were off and running. Eventually, Gamble stores were franchised, and by 1939 there were 1500 Gamble dealers and 300 corporate stores in 24 states.

From the mid 1940s to the end of the 1970s, Gamble and Skogmo diversified their businesses and branched out into many new endeavors, including a discount division, financial services, real estate, and retail businesses such as Aldens mail order company, Womans World Shops, Red Owl Grocery and Snyder Drug stores. At the end of this period of growth, Gamble-Skogmo was the 15th largest retailer in the United States with 4200 outlets and 26,000 employees in 39 states. Following the retirement of Bert Gamble, the company was sold to the Wickes Co. of California. The purchase was highly leveraged, the combined companies struggled, Wickes filed bankruptcy in 1982, and the empire was sold off in pieces.

About the Gamble-Skogmo Fund:
In 1948, Mssrs. Gamble and Skogmo each established family foundations supporting youth, education, health and religious organizations. In 1982, the trustees of the separate foundations voted to merge the two and formed a supporting organization of the Minneapolis Foundation called The B.C. Gamble and P. W. Skogmo Foundation with combined assets of $13,000,000. For 10 years the foundation continued its philanthropy following the spirit of its founders in five focus areas: (1) disadvantaged youth and families; (2) people with disabilities; (3) low-income senior citizens; (4) secondary and higher education; and (5) health care, research and education. As of 1992, the separate foundation became a field of interest fund of the Minneapolis Foundation.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  56 Coronado TV1-9357A Code 24T9 6BC5  CORONADO model TV1-9357A Code 24T9 is a 24" b/w TV with US standard VHF Tuner channels 2 t... 
USA  56 Coronado TV1-9356A Code 24T9 6BC5  CORONADO model TV1-9356A Code 24T9 is a 24" b/w TV with US standard VHF Tuner channels 2 t... 
USA  56 TV1-9305A Code 17T24 3BC5  The Coronado Model TV1-9305 Code 17T24 is a 17 " b/w TV with US standard VHF tuner chan... 
USA  56 Coronado TV1-9137B    
USA  56 Coronado TV2-9340A 6BQ7A  The CORONADO model TV2-9340A is a 21" b/w TV with US standard VHF Tuner channels 2 thru... 
USA  56 Coronado TV2-9338A 6BQ7A  The CORONADO model TV2-9338A is a 21" b/w TV with US standard VHF Tuner channels 2 thru... 
USA  57 Coronado TV1-9399A 3BC5  Tunig range: channel 2 thru 13 VHF. 
USA  56 TV2-9326B 6BQ7A  The CORONADO model TV2-9326B is a 21" b/w TV with US standard VHF Tuner channels 2 thru... 
USA  56 TV2-9350B 6BQ7A  The CORONADO model TV2-9350B is a 21" b/w TV with US standard VHF Tuner channels 2 thru... 
USA  56 Coronado TV2-9341A 6BZ7  The CORONADO model 9341A is a 21" b/w TV with US standard VHF Tuner channels 2 thru 13,... 
USA  56 TV2-9324B 6BQ7A  The CORONADO model TV2-9324B is a 21" b/w TV with US standard VHF Tuner channels 2 thru... 
USA  56 TV2-9336B 6BQ7A  The CORONADO model TV2-9336B is a 21" b/w TV with US standard VHF Tuner channels 2 thru... 

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